Medicare Physician Payment

support SGR Repeal

Encourage your representative to repeal the SGR to prevent a typical family physician from losing $89,763 in revenue next year.

Overview

Currently, physicians are paid for their services to Medicare patients by means of the flawed Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula. The SGR produces negative payments based on unrelated economic factors, not on the health care needs of Medicare beneficiaries or physicians’ costs of providing care.

For over a decade, Congress regularly has found it necessary to override this dysfunctional formula, a testimony to its inappropriateness..

On March 31, a temporary patch was passed for the 16th time.

After 11 years and more than $150 billion spent on temporary solutions to repeal and replace the broken Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula, AAFP continues to urge intensified efforts to permanently repeal the SGR formula during the 113th Congress.

How to finance these important reforms can be challenging, but not impossible.  We believe that the bipartisan, bicameral group of lawmakers who reached consensus on the underlying policy can do the same on how to finance the policy. 


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